PLEASE COME TODAY TO PROTECT OUR WATER!
Ventura County Government Center, Board of Supervisors Room, June 4th, 3:30 pm. 800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura
CFROG Needs everyone who cares about clean water in Ventura to gather at the Country Government Center (800 S. Victoria) on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 pmto support The Board of Supervisors vote for an urgency ordinance that has placed a moratorium on new cyclic steam drilling on TAR SAND WELLS until the USGS study of the impact of drilling on the aquifers is completed..
County planning is currently processing a zoning clearance application for 79 new wells on the Oxnard Plain taking farmland to make new drill pads for wells that will extract dirty tar sands using cyclic steam.
A temporary ban was placed on new well or re-drilling existing wells that use an extreme steam injection process called “cyclic steam” near potable water because of a discovery by the USGS that thermogenic gases have been detected in 3 water wells in the Fox Canyon aquifer in concentrations slightly below the flammable/explosive level.
“The…wells with the strongest signals lie above the cyclic steam activity and they are associated with that and not with the deep injection wells with high volumes at the deeper depths.”
The oil companies quickly tried to smear CFROG for publicizing the findings of USGS scientist Celia Rosecrans, claiming we “didn’t understand” the research, but obviously we do. And so does Supervisor Bennett, who prepared this motion independently.
(You can watch Rosecrans’ presentation here at 1:23 minute in.)
This image, close-up map, aquifer map and explainers of “cyclic steam” in sharable PDF form here.
CFROG background page here.
CFROG Resource page here. This includes Ventura County Oil field maps, well records, watershed and groundwater basin maps, environmental data, fracking information and more.